Making Your Mark: Fighting breast cancer, Surf for a Cure

13News Now LaSalle Blanks has the story

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- The local chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation took the fight against breast cancer to the water and they got waves of support from our community.

With a crowd out there clapping and cheering them on, breast cancer survivors got a day of free paddle board lessons to relax, celebrate life, and enjoy a new activity on the water at First Landing State Park.

It was called the East Coast Aloha Paddle board Clinic. And for the breast cancer survivors who took part, it was empowering. 

"This is my first time ever being out here on a board and it's making me take control of my life basically," said Adrianna Westbrook, a breast cancer survivor. "Cancer tried to take it away, but I'm taking it back."

"It means teamwork and sisterhood and living life with a yes with an exclamation point," said breast cancer survivor, Jessica Cunningham.

"Being diagnosed with breast cancer today is not a death sentence," said Lisa Chacon, a breast cancer survivor and a worker with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. "There are over 3 million of us survivors and we are growing everyday."

The message of hope was one that was also delivered  as Coastal Edge and the Wahine Surf Club joined in to help the Susan G. Komen Foundation run this event. Members from those groups believe in the healing power of the water.

And now, so does Lisa.

"Because I had a mastectomy and a lot of my muscles have been effected, just this paddle motion I can tell is strengthening these muscles."

And they'll all come together for more strength Saturday, October 15th when one of Susan G. Komen's signature Hampton Roads events will kick off to raise money for important research -- Race For the Cure at 31st Street at the Oceanfront.


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